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Hoppyum IPA - Foothills Brewing Company

Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA

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very good

789 Ratings
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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%

Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 12-29-2005)
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Photo of fmccormi

New York

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a tall Ommegang flute; no freshness or bottle dating, but this was bought at Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham a little over two weeks ago. I had a bottle of it that night and it tasted beyond fresh as hell, so personally I’d wager that this was bottled as little as three weeks ago, if not less, and likely no more than four.

Appearance (4.0): Just about two and a half fingers of tight, custard-colored foam rises off the pour, topping a warm, honey-gold body that’s crystal-clear. It has average retention, and not so much lacing as evenly-spaced, spotty suds all around the glass as the beer goes down. Less webbing or sheets of lace so much as just suds, but they’re all over. In the end, it’s still a rather good-looking beer.

Smell (4.5): Very, very nice pineapple and mango citrus-sweet fruit tones are clear and fragrant in the nose, undergirded by a moderate candy sweetness that blends well with that sticky, sweet pineapple juice scent. The hops have some resinous, herbal character backing up the citrus, too, adding a nice dimension. Any malt or yeast character present is clean and essentially undetectable.

Taste (4.0): The bitterness is between moderate and rather strong for the style, which is great—a solid grassiness mixes with a skunky, herbal bitterness whose astringency blurs the line with chewing on citrus peel. The sweet citrus character in the nose is almost entirely absent, though—as is any of the candy-like sweetness in the nose, too. This is just a dry, pale, crackery, bready (the malt is really just like liquid Vermont Common or oyster crackers), and clean ale with a very solid dose of skunky, grassy, herbal hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Just barely on the light side of medium-bodied, with some moderate hop oil character drying out the finish nicely; the carbonation is a little underpowered, foaming modestly on the way down and lending a slight prickle here and there. Better than average, not great.

Overall (4.0): This is really a solid IPA, and for $8 or $9/ sixer this is a great value. It’s got a simple base with a straightforward hop profile, done well—fruity in the nose, grassy-herbal on the palate, and with a hefty bitterness. It’s solid, dependable, and refreshing. Especially considering the price, definitely pick some up if you see it, if you’re looking for an easy hop fix.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 03:20:54 | More by fmccormi
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber (no freshness data) into a Bell's tulip. The pour is clear and orange-gold with 1-2 fingers of head. Decent retention. Nice blend of citrus and pine on the nose. Citrus includes grapefruit, lemon, and some orange.

Medium body, but feels a bit thin. The beer is quite bitter without much malt behind it. It's not the most well-balanced IPA I've had. The bitterness is rather piney, sappy, and unpleasant. There isn't as much fruity bitterness promised by the nose. Just a sharp, flowery bitterness followed by some tea and lemon flavors. The finish is dry and minty and lingers nicely.

I doubt I'd buy this again. It's good, but there are other IPAs out there that are more worthy of repeat purchases. The flavor reminds me a little of Sweetwater IPA, though I didn't enjoy it quite as much.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 11:32:47 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of BeerImmediately


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber picked up at the brewery on Saturday while visiting family.

Pours with a 1-2F white head over a very clear golden body. Some carbonation flowing up. Decent lacing.

Incredibly fresh, clean aromas. Plenty of Simcoe, which I love (apricots, mostly). Tangerine and other citrusy qualities round it out.

This is all IPA. Sharp hop profile hits you in the face. Lots of fresh pine, with lime, lemon, and orange peel. Just a touch of sweetness to help round it out. Pretty crisp and clean on the palate. Not heavy at all.

This is a very full-flavored IPA, and just loaded with hoppy goodness. Could enjoy several of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 21:50:37 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of Wolfpack2005

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a transparent light copper/amber color with a 2 finger head that fades quickly

S- Strong piney hop aroma with mild hints of grapefruit. A faint caramel malt presence.

T-A nice malty caramel sweetness that is hinted at in the nose, up-front. Follows by a nice pine and citrus hop flavor. A nice dry hop finish.

M-Light, dry body with moderate carbonation.

O-A nice semi-sessionable mild IPA, not overly complex but well executed.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 21:02:25 | More by Wolfpack2005
Photo of metter98

New York

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away and left a good amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of earthy yeast and herbal hops in the nose along with some hints of grapefruit and caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light to moderate amount of bitterness. The taste seems unusual for an IPA and has lots of flavors of herbal hops and some hints of mushrooms.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer has a nice amount of bitterness for an IPA but seemed like it could have used better flavors from the hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 03:28:35 | More by metter98
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This strikes me as what a good, broad market IPA should be like. Has great character and some spice to it, but it's not so obnoxious or out there that it puts it out of interest in the general, non-beer-nerd public. Carbonation is a bit biting, but overall this is nice. Good good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2012 20:25:52 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Worth the long walk to "Carolina Beer Company" near D7 at Charlotte's airport! First time I've ever been this early for a flight and truly a pleasant surprise...

Pint is a dark golden copper colour with visually impressive carbonation, despite a limited white head. A well balanced but hop-forward aroma highlighting Simcoe and a variety of "c" hop delights. Citrus, specifically grapefruit, predominates but barley and biscuit provide the backbone. The flavour is less well balanced, but still very enjoyable. There is a hop sharpness at the front that I personally enjoy, but might not appeal to everyone. A delightfully lingering bitterness rounds out the taste, with caramelized malts acting as the foundation.

A great beer that I'd recommend and would purchase again, even without the comparison to an airport's typical macro limitations...

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 19:25:21 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Foothills Brewing Company in Winston-Salem, NC.

A: Pours a mostly clear copper in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit and pine hops over the top of some lighter caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are some biscuit malts with a touch of caramel sweetness and a strong flavor of citrus/grapefruit and pine hops. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and easy to drink - a very drinkable year round IPA offering. This is a solid beer that I will likely have a couple of more times.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2012 04:53:22 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of nUgZ

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mostly clear copper color with a 1 finger head and decent lacing.

S: Hops up front with a malt background.

T: Hops and grass followed by a nice balance of malt.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Very solid beer. Nicely balanced and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 01:12:33 | More by nUgZ
Photo of waldoiverson


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

14 oz pour at the Charlotte airport

A: copper color, i think the glass was soapy as the head was almost non existent but did put up a bit of a fight on lacing, white and delicate

S: hop resin, apricot, orange rind,

T: good match to the nose, does have a hit of anise about 1/2 way though that quickly dissipates into a more grassy quality. otherwise, raw hop and sweetish fruit tones

M: good, moderately heavy with just a slightly dry finish

O: not too bad, a bit raw all around, but for an airport beer it was a satisfying experience

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2012 19:13:27 | More by waldoiverson
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley's, Asheville, NC.

Poured a light copper hue with scone finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant citric hop atop a light grainy malt.

The taste was likewise characterized by a punchy grapefruit hop that was slightly mellowed bug the grainy ple malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very nice hop forward ale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2012 00:12:21 | More by plaid75
Photo of barleywinefiend


4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear bright orange color with a a moderate white cap, some bubbles and light lacing

S: Smeels big and fruit with oranges and pineapple with a light citrus note. Hints of caramel appeal to me as well

T: Pretty solid. An immedaite hop bite with ripened citrus and some tropical fruit, light pine on a caramel backbone. The finsh has pronounced, dry like hop bitterness with a slightly slick, prickly finish

M: Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Loads of citrus, lingering bitterness and a tad bit of astringency

O: Pretty good

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 04:10:48 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of LE_FEESH

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured light amber into a tumbler with a fair head that dissipated quickly.

Smell is resiny citrus and caramel malty.

Sticky and dank hops play well with the solid malt profile. Grapefruit rind. Bread. Nice crisp finish with a lingering hop stickiness.

Feels light on the tongue, but this is a palette coating resinous beer.

Well balanced and well constructed, I think this is an excellent example of an American IPA. It's maybe not the best, but I love this beer and hold it as my standard for the style as it was actually the beer to get me on hops to begin with. Maybe I'm biased. Still, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 03:59:11 | More by LE_FEESH
Photo of RussBecker1

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was very pleasantly surprised with Hoppyum. After drinking a number of Stone and other IPA's that aimed at blowing out the palate with an abomination of hops (meant in the best way possible), hoppyum eases off the gas and lets the styles more floral notes speak for themselves. This beer was very light in both feel and taste, but it is much easier to drink in a larger quantity as it does not just keep the palate intact, but enhances it with its pleasant subtleties.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 18:39:36 | More by RussBecker1
Photo of sammy1185


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I definitely enjoyed this one. Not a huge fan of IPA's, but this one is nicely balanced. Nice head, beautiful color, crisp, citrusy taste with a strong finish and just a pleasant beer. I wouldn't say it's one to go out of the way to find, but if you come across it, pick it up. Definitely recommended!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 22:37:38 | More by sammy1185
Photo of prototypic


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppyum IPA pours a lighter copper color. It’s very clear. Light behind it reveals a mix of orange and light crimson highlights. A soft, white head covers the top. It only rises to about a finger in height before falling back quickly. Lacing was a little sticky, but extremely light and spotty. Not bad, not great.

The nose is pretty good. It’s a little weak, but isn’t bad. It kicks off with a mix of caramel and toasted malt scents. Not my favorite notes in an IPA. But, the sweet caramel is fortunately fairly light. Hops are definitely noted. They smell mostly grassy, earthy, and piney. I’d even say a bit dank. A hint of citrus grapefruit and orange is noted, but it’s very subtle. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t smell all that strong.

The flavor is a notch better. The malt base is just alright. It does feature a mix of caramel and toasted malts. It’s not all that sweet, but the toasted malt flavor isn’t my favorite thing. Hops jump into the mix and add a mix of citrus and piney notes. Citrus grapefruit and orange are the most notable, but pine and some earthy notes follow. It is quite bitter. More than I anticipated. That’s okay in my book though. I like it. Alcohol doesn’t come through strong at all. Finishes toasty, hoppy, bitter, and a little dry.

Hoppyum IPA has a medium body. Carbonation seems very light. The bubbles feel extremely soft. It goes down relatively smooth and easy. Finishing off a bomber = not a problem.

I can’t recall having a bad beer from Foothills Brewing Company. Hoppyum IPA is pretty good, even if it doesn’t challenge the upper echelon of Foothills’ roster. I believe it’d be improved with a little less of a toasted malt flavor and more in the hops department. Just my take. Good stuff all the same. Definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 04:12:58 | More by prototypic
Photo of macrosmatic


4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light amber with shades of peach. A one-finger eggwhite head forms with only a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Flowery hops dominate for me with sweet malt, and then some pine and grapefruit hops.

T: Bitter hoppinesss up front (pine & citrus) and biscuit sweet malt, which fade to citrus pith or rind flavor.

M: A somewhat thin and under-carbonated mouthfeel. Only a mild bitter hang. No alcohol presence to speak of.

O: Good flavor and aroma, and a very enjoyable beer. The mouthfeel is nearly a deal-breaker but I did get used to it. I'll look forward to this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 14:19:38 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of chardlogic


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Floral bouquet, grapefruit, biscuit malts, pine… maybe sour orange.

Taste: Clean, sharp simcoe hops, familiar cascade hop flavor, caramel malts, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not bad. Pretty average IPA, so if it’s affordably priced, then awesome.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 01:06:49 | More by chardlogic
Photo of McNealc31


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold with a sticky white head. Just from the aroma, I know this is going to pack quite the hops punch. Loads of Simcoe hops and their distinctive grapefruit aroma comes through most noticeably.

This is one for you hopheads. Along with the Simcoe, plenty of Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade balance the hops flavors among each other. Slightly toasted malt is evident in the finish, but the hops are the whole story here. Long, dry, puckeringly bitter finish. Clocks in at 78 IBUs, but I expected it to be closer to 100. As it warms, everything mellows out and becomes much easier to drink.

One for hopheads, for sure, but let it go for a bit and it becomes very tasty, indeed. Packs a lot of punch, but good harmony among the hops varieties.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 02:18:20 | More by McNealc31
Photo of stakem


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a tulip, the brew appears a clear copper color with more than 2 fingers worth of yellowish stained froth sitting atop. As the cap fades, it leaves patches of webby lacing sticking to the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain the cap and a light swirl revives that yellowish tint of foam back to the surface.

The aroma is mild yet fruity and floral with a sweetness running throughout that brings out some caramel grain quality. A bit of that 6% alcohol comes through augmenting the fruity and floral aspects of the hop aromatics. As it warms up, there is a touch of cheesy quality. Overall not bad.

The taste is toasty with a modest bitterness coming from a combination of rindy and herbal hops that have a little bit of resinous quality. The taste of the hops initially is subtle but it increases in character with every sip. The alcohol is perfectly integrated that only shows a slight hint of solvent character that helps move the hops across the tongue and break up the sweetness from the toasty grain flavoring.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall a decent take on the style but I question this offerings freshness. I would have it again if given the chance to try it on tap but getting an unknown/undated bottle would not be high on my priority list again.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 01:10:39 | More by stakem
Photo of tobelerone


3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber picked up at Kroger in Roanoke VA. No bottle dating but I took a chance. Probably shouldn’t have.

Burnished dark gold color, with excellent clarity but a very small head that dissipates almost immediately, which I found a bit odd. Average, somewhat slippery lacing. Strangely bland aroma that’s malt-forward and bready with vaguely piney bitterness. Hmm, not so good.

Taste confirms the nose. Mostly just moderately bitter with lightly sweet bready maltiness and little in the way of hop character. Hints, and I mean hints, of pine and citrus. Bitterness lingers a bit in the aftertaste.

Decent mouthfeel, medium-full bodied with medium carbonation.

This had to have been an old bottle as there was really little in the way of flavor or any true hop characteristics. I bought this and an undated Bitter Valentine on this particular road trip and both disappointed. It’s looking like I will have to institute a dated-bottles-only policy for hoppy beers as so many others have. My wife tried this and issued her one word judgement: “fail.” I’d have to agree.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 13:44:39 | More by tobelerone
Photo of Keffa


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my St. Bernardus glass. Purchased from The Piggly Wiggly at Market Commons.

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A: Pours a brilliant copper orange color, 1.5 finger head that settles to a small filmy cap, leaves very copious amounts of sticky lacing everywhere. Seriously looks like the lace is painted onto the glass. Fantastic

S: Eh... How to describe this one? Orange marmalade, toast, and alcohol. That's about it, honestly. All I get is those three things. Not saying it's a bad aroma, but it's definitely not one that's super appealing either.

T: A little bit better. Starts off with some bitterness from the hops, a pithy orange, some caramel sweetness, some toast. The alcohol from the nose is there, but far subdued comparatively speaking. Better than the aroma, and dare I say it, quite good.

M: Average carbonation for the style, full bodied, oily and coating. Finishes bitter and slightly bready.

O: Pretty solid IPA, and for a bomber to be 3.99, this is a solid offering. I'll be bringing a couple back to share and/or drink myself.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 03:55:30 | More by Keffa
Photo of JDizzle


3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I just posted a long review and it failed to save it. Here is the short....

A decent IPA that taste pretty good but does not make you want more. It is only $3.99 a bomber though, which makes it more desirable for me, even though I can't get it where I live.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 01:04:23 | More by JDizzle
Photo of C20Percent


3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear gold with half a finger's worth of white head on top. Lots of bubble action going on in the body. Wonder if there would be that many bubbles in a tulip glass. Preliminary lacing looks good. Not a lot of complexity in the color, but everything else looks good.

S: Getting mostly citrus peel and sour orange aroma. Some biscuit malt and pine in the background. Mostly this is a very subtle aroma.

T: Mostly a heavy bitter taste. When the beer hits your mouth the citrus is there, but as soon as you knock it back it's all bitter. There's also some biscuit malt flavor in there. This is pretty typical of an South East Coast IPA. At least it taste fresh, but this flavor is just average for an IPA.

M: Not a bad feel here. A smooth and creamy brew. Nice oily feel to it. Coats your mouth very delicately. Little bit of chewiness that exposes the malt. Not much carbonation. Just better than average, though.

O: Beer like this is why West Coast IPAs are so popular. This isn't a terrible beer, but for an IPA it hovers at the average level. Just not the flavor that you look for in an IPA; not that lovely smell. But, the beer is easy drinking and somewhat refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 22:02:02 | More by C20Percent
Photo of Dodo2step


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P- Thanks to my buddy trask for this brew.

A-a nice crisp clear amber color with a 3 finger head that leaves minimal lacing on the pint.

S- i get some pine hops and caramel maltiness in the nose. ome sort of earthy aroma thrown in at the backend as well completes the nice noe.

F- strong pine hops hit the front of the mouth and the malts are well hidden but come through faintly but nicely.

M- medium bodied IPA that has a lot hop kick to it. I like it. The hops actually linger in your mouth.

O- A good IPA. would love some more 22's

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 20:19:22 | More by Dodo2step
Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 789 ratings.